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5.0 out of 5 stars There are good reasons this is your kid's first board game, October 27, 2002
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Candy Land - The Kingdom of Sweets Board Game (Toy)
...there are several good reasons why "Candy Land" is the first board game children learn to play:
First, the game does not require children know how to read. They do not even need to know their numbers as they do in "Chutes and Ladders." Movement is based on a child being able to recognize colors and symbols. What could be easier than that?
Second, the game is based on luck (or chance or divine intervention or however you want to characterize it), which means it is a great equalizer. This is a game where a kid has the same chance of winning as their parents, older siblings, grandparents, babysitters or whoever. Children are not going to be interested in playing a game they cannot win, which is why "Candy Land" is where they begin instead of "Monopoly" or "Trivial Pursuit."
Third, the game teaches the basic skills of board games. The hardest lesson kid have to learn with this game is to...take turns. Yes, this might be one of the first times in their young lives when kids are confronted with the regiment of structure that will afflict them the rest of their lives. But from board games like "Candy Land" to sports like baseball, structure and rules are a basic consideration. Strategy and tactics come later, but learning to take turns comes first (and I could argue is a basic lesson in civil behavior).
Therefore, I would respectfully submit that "Candy Land" remains the ideal choice for the first board game you play with your children. Just pick a card, move to the appropriate square, and proceed to have a great life.
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Initial post: Nov 10, 2008 10:17:43 AM PST
O. V. Sande says:
While I agree that CandyLand is a great early game for all the reasons mentioned (appropriate for pre-literate toddlers, relies on chance, etc.), may I suggest that the time it takes to complete make it a great second or third game. We were given "Mein Erstes Mitmach Spiel" by Ravensburger for my daughter's second birthday. It too, requires only that children be able to match colors and go around the board. Children are required to either perform (a fingerplay, sing a song, etc.), imitate the noise made by an animal or perform an action (crawl through someones legs, roll, etc.). The beauty of it is that the game is over in about five to ten minutes. I believe you can order it through Amazon Germany if you're in the UK. Hopefully Ravensburger will make the game available in the US soon.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 12:09:18 PM PDT
Good point about the idea about taking turns. It's a very easy concept to overlook.
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